DJ I Program


Today’s DJs are experts on the power of music to move people, and with the right knowledge that power can be yours. Learn to rock a set on any format of professional DJ tools.  This class covers everything you’ll need to create an effective and powerful set, from beat and key matching, using the DJ mixer and effects, reading the crowd, and more!


3 Month Program

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The 12 weeks of the DJ I Program teaches you everything you need to know to rock the DJ booth with any style of music. Learn to DJ on turntables, CDJs, and computers with software like Virtual DJ. Taught by Denver’s most experienced DJs.

Start with the history of DJing and dive right into beat matching, mixing, and scratching on the real Technics 1200s. Once the class is rocking the decks, hands-on every day, we move to CDJs and Native Instrument’s Traktor.  These are the digital alternatives to turntables, and what everyone in the real world of DJing is using.

John Schmulowitz (Prismatic) and Thadeus Blue Deal co-teach Slam Academy – Denver’s DJ I Program.

Software Requirements: None

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment limit: 10 students

Interested in multiple programs? Check out our Program Packages

Weekly Schedule

  • DJ I Level 1: Turntables, Beatmatching, and Mixing with EQ

    In the first level of the DJ I program, we will begin by learning the history of DJing and where it all began. We will learn together, how turntable-ism was first used, and how it has evolved today. We will observe classic DJ techniques, and get a feel for the fundamental tools used in the DJ booth. Each student will get a hands-on feel for the analog turntable, DJ mixer, and prepare for dropping their first beat. We will explore the various beat structures of popular genres, and learn the ins and outs of mixing tunes together and why.
    We will look deeper at what it means to be a DJ as someone who performs when they play. We will explore ways to choose certain kinds of tracks for certain kinds of audiences, and to set the tone and handle the energy of the room accordingly. We will learn how matching beats by tempo and songs by key can help us assemble more cohesive sets, and how to use these tools to ensure that the story we are telling is clear to our audience.

  • DJ I Level 2: CDJs, Controllers, and Software

    We will be focusing our efforts on “hands-on” time in the booth. Preparing for our first sets, each student will have time working the turntables with the instructor’s guidance, preparing their tracks and getting a feel for beat matching and really touching the music. Once everyone can lay down a short set of beat matched material, keeping things flowing, we finish our time with the vinyl turntable and look to the digital age of CDJs and Traktor.
    Playing a set for a dance floor on “club” style equipment in the 21st century means using Pioneer CDJs. Spend these weeks in the Slam DJ booth with the Pioneer Nexus CDJs and Mixer, learning the interface and having fun. Link the players to your flash drive, set cue points, beat match, mix your tunes in key or even transpose them if they aren’t! Sync your tunes here to spend even more time tweaking filters, setting loops, or applying effects on the DJ mixer.

  • DJ I Level 3: Advanced Mixing, Scratching, and using FX

    We explore “DVS” systems, such as Traktor and Serato. Hear we can apply what we already know about signal flow in the DJ booth, the DJ mixer and turntable, EQ and effects, all to an entirely virtual system. Connect a MIDI controller to your laptop and evoke the same feel as a DJ in an expensive CDJ/Turntable DJ booth! Learn the ins and outs of Traktor, and get in some hands-on time with the instructor, playing your own tunes on these systems. The goal here is to be able to speak the language of the DJ, regardless of the type of playback technology in the mix.
    The final performance here is a highlight for everyone at Slam Academy. Rehearse your set with the group, get feedback from the instructor, and prepare for your big performance. Rock a set of your own songs on our big system, and invite your friends because this always turns into a party! Come in for the final feedback session on the last week to get the lowdown on your performance highlights, as well as any constructive criticism to consider for your next gig. *Be sure to stay in touch with Slam via your SlamPass, because there are always gigs and party opportunities for Slam crew and regulars!

Interested in multiple programs? Check out our Program Packages


Classes will run every Sunday night from 7pm – 10pm, for a total of 12 weeks.
There is no application, and all experience levels are welcome. Just signup with the red buttons!

To enroll in the DJ I Program, purchase below. This price includes all the required classes, at a significant discount from buying them individually.  

After payment for the program is received, we will contact you to welcome you to the program and answer any additional questions.
Price: $1850 (Includes all classes and All Access pass to all Slam Academy regular classes, (including online classes))
Payment plans are available for this program.

Join the DJ I Program for only $240/month using our simple payment plan.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact us.

Software Requirements: None

Prerequisites: None

Enrollment limit: 10 students

Enrollment Includes:

  • Admission to all DJ I Program Classes
  • Weekly feedback on mixes during class
  • Feedback on midway and final projects from Slam Teachers and Guest Artists
  • 25% Returning Student Discount on all future enrollments*
  • Free Instant Access Pass (access to complete non-program online video library)

* Not valid with other discount offers & coupons.

2 week Add/Drop period – Money Back Guarantee

Upcoming Start Dates

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New start every 3 months!

Dates my be subject to change.

Interested in multiple programs? Check out our Program Packages


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